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9/14/2015       10:36am

The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office has received over $34,000 in traffic safety grants from the federal government. According to a release from the office the grants were awarded through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and Sgt. Matt Kinsinger says that the funds will be used to supplement safe driving programs.

Audio: Sgt. Matt Kinsinger

Sgt. Kinsinger also notes that the funds help to boost patrols at peak times of the year.

Audio: Sgt. Matt Kinsinger

The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office has been awarded the grants for a number of years. The grants support the efforts law enforcement in areas such as restraint use, impaired & distracted driving, motorcycle safety and youthful drivers.

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9/14/15 – 6:42 A.M.

A double stabbing is under investigation in Hardin County. WKTN radio reports the incident started as a domestic dispute Saturday night. Sheriff’s deputies were called to 13230 County Road 155 south of Kenton to investigate. They found a female had suffered stab wounds to her face. The man suspected of stabbing the woman then stabbed himself.

Both were taken to Hardin Memorial Hospital where the were treated and released. The man was arrested and jailed. The names of the people involved were not released.


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9/14/15 – 6:35 A.M.

There’s one more chance for you to eat an elephant ear before fair season comes to an end in our region this year. The Wyandot County Fair kicks off Tuesday. One of the signature events will be a concert by country artist Eric Sowers tomorrow night at 7 p.m. Tomorrow is also veteran’s day at the fair, with free admission for those who have served in the military.

Other grandstand highlights will include harness racing on Wednesday and Thursday, a truck pull Friday, a tractor pull Saturday, and a demolition derby Sunday.

Daily fair admission is $7.

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9/14/15 – 5:21 A.M.

After enjoying gas prices under $2 for much of last week we’re back above that mark as we start a new work week. Prices jumped to around $2.29 a gallon in Findlay last Friday, and have fallen three cents since then. That means we’re paying 21 cents more per gallon than we were a week ago.

In Ottawa, Ohio gas prices.com reports drivers are paying $2.19 a gallon today, up 10 cents over the last week.

The statewide average today is $2.21 for a gallon of regular. That’s actually a 2 cent decrease from last Monday.

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9/14/15 – 5:12 A.M.

A man fell from a roof in Fostoria over the weekend, and was taken to a Toledo hospital by medical helicopter. The Review-Times reports the incident happened at 10450 State Route 18 Saturday afternoon. The man was reportedly working with his son when he fell from the top of a ladder. He was not publicly identified.

The man was taken to Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center. The extent of his injuries was not known.

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9/14/15 – 5:05 A.M.

An OVI checkpoint in Findlay Friday night netted two arrests. The State Highway Patrol reports 569 vehicles were checked on Tiffin Avenue, and two drivers were found to be impaired.

Officers from the State Highway Patrol, Hancock County Sheriff’s Office, and the Findlay Police Department all took part in the event. The operation also saw agents from the Ohio Investigative Unit conduct compliance checks at local businesses that sell alcohol.

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9/14/15 – 5:00 A.M.

Hancock County residents are spending big money to play the lottery. The Courier reports around $10.6 million has been spent locally through eight months of the year. In return, the state has issued around $6 million in prizes in Hancock County in the same time.

The Ohio Lottery Commission reports the Butt Hutt on Tiffin Avenue was the top lottery seller in the county last year with more than $1 million in sales. The store awarded more than $600,000 in prizes.

MORE: The Courier

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9/14/15 – 4:52 A.M.

The investigation continues into a stabbing at a Findlay bar over the weekend. The Findlay Police Department says the incident happened at the Old Stoney Ledge at 752 Howard Street around 2 a.m. Sunday. Officers were called to the bar for a reported fight.

A car leaving the scene was pulled over, and 27-year-old Jamal Niles of Germanville Pennsylvania, was found to have multiple stab wounds to his upper torso and back. Niles was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of his injuries.

Investigators are asking anyone with information to come forward. You can contact the Findlay Police Department at (419)424-7164.

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9/11/2015     4:40pm

A Findlay woman on probation for a conviction related to the Vera Jo Reigle murder case pleaded guilty today to selling prescription drugs from her city home. The Courier reports that Cheri L. Brooks, 52, pleaded guilty to one count of trafficking in drugs, a fifth-degree felony, this morning in Hancock County Common Pleas Court.

Judge Reginald Routson will sentence her on Nov. 4.

Because the crime was committed while she was on probation, it may impact Brooks’ sentencing, Routson said. The judge said he is not mandated to send Brooks to prison though she could spend up to a year behind bars.

According to the indictment, Brooks, along with her husband, Kevin L. Brooks Sr., and son, Scottie E. Emmons, sold less than the bulk amount of alprazolam, a generic version of Xanax. All three were arrested at 409 Washington St. on the charges.

Brooks was on probation for obstructing justice, a third-degree felony, in connection to the Reigle murder case.

More: The Courier

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